Monday, 30 April 2012

Artificial Grass A Generation On From The '76 Drought

We recently touched on the subject of the drought currently affecting many parts of the UK. Our blog  post entitled New Era For Artificial Grass referred to the threat the drought poses to British wildlife, especially those in/around water such as the frog, newt and dragonfly.

According to many news reports including this recent one from the BBC, the drought could last until Christmas. A sobering thought. If so, what would that mean? Well, it could be disastrous on a scale that  we have not seen before; the British countryside could be depleted of many of its numbers of birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Take the common blackbird and hedgehog for example. A large part of their food intake is worms/insects that they find by digging into soil but hardened earth in a drought situation would make that almost impossible. Add into the equation the fact that all birds would be short of water for drinking and bathing and you begin to realise the potential impact that a prolonged drought would bring.

Organisations such as the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) have already reported concerns as to whether some of the rarer species of bird will be able to survive a prolonged drought such as the small population of black-tailed godwits at Nene Washes in Cambridgeshire.

In this context, we all need to thinks of ways in which to conserve water. Water saved by humans could mean the difference between life and death to much of beloved British wildlife.

If you are interested in saving water in your garden, it is worth considering installing artificial grass. Back in 1976 when the last really serious drought hit Britain, artificial grass was not of a relatively poor quality and certainly not good enough to make attractive artificial lawn. For that reason, the product was not seen as providing a solution to saving water in the garden. Today, however, a generation on, artificial grass carpet is entirely different and thankfully provides us with an extra option for helping to conserve water and beat the dreaded hosepipe bans. Our British wildlife needs all the help it can get!

Read more about artificial grass and the environment.

Footnote: Here is a wonderful video of Bill Oddie 'Worm Charming' with a blackbird for BBC Nature